24 October—13 March 2016

death: the human experience

death: the human experience was about the most universal of experiences that we will encounter.

Hundreds of incredibly diverse objects – from a Ghanaian fantasy coffin to a Victorian mourning dress – revealed captivating stories from cultures across the world, from the earliest human societies to the modern day.

The exhibition encouraged visitors to consider ethical issues, different attitudes to dying and how different cultures have dealt with the end of life.

As a society we are reluctant to talk about death and dying. This exhibition was about helping to start that conversation.

This exhibition has now finished, however you can see it on our online collections search.

Winner of ‘Most Innovative Death Public Engagement Event’ at the Good Funeral Awards 2016.

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More about the exhibition

Photos of the exhibition

photo of the symbols of death area in the exhibition photo of the symbols of death area in the exhibition photo of the stages of death area in the exhibition photo of the stages of death area in the exhibition photo of the funerals area in the exhibition photo of the reflection area in the exhibitionBristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank:

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Exhibition supporter: Wellcome Trust

 

 

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Exhibition Sponsor: The Co-operative Funeralcare

 

With additional support from Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society.


Associated exhibitions